School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BA) offers a well-rounded liberal arts education with a focus in fine arts. The studio art courses provide students with experiences in a variety of media including, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, metalsmithing, ceramics, graphic design, digital media, and animation.

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts is 120 credit hours, 47 of which are fine arts courses. The courses can be broken down as follows:
  1. General Education Requirements for Arts & Sciences
  2. Fine Arts Core
  • 9 hours of Art History (A101, A102, one other 200 or above)
  • 3 hours of Philosophy of Art
  • 12 hours of fundamental studio courses (F100, F101, F102, S215)
  • 21 hours of studio courses at the 200 level or above (no more than 6 hrs. at the 200 level)
  • All art courses require a C- or higher to count toward the major.
  • 2 hours of senior capstone experience
  1. Senior Capstone experience

The purpose of the senior capstone experience is to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate they have mastered a depth of knowledge in the major, they can integrate knowledge within their creative endeavors, and that they are able to communicate coherently. The capstone experience is comprised of the following:

  • An individual exhibition of the student's representative work reflecting the program goals.
  • A written statement about the student's exhibit, goals, techniques, process approach and influences, and course for future direction.
  • Students in the program will:
  • Analyze and express the essential aspects of visual forms in a creative manner
  • Discuss historical and contemporary conceptual issues in design
  • Demonstrate skills in the tools, techniques, and processes to produce work in their chosen area(s) of emphasis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the place of their media of emphasis in the history of art, as well as in contemporary theory and practices
  • Demonstrate facile use of visual vocabulary for making art and a sophisticated critical language for analyzing art
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in presenting and exhibiting their work and portfolio
  • Discuss the history of art as it relates to their media
  • Reflect and write about their art-making process, including resume, artist statement, grant-writing, and a senior capstone project

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